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Masterpiece Mystery!: The Escape Artist

8 pm Sunday, June 15 and 22, on WILL-TV: David Tennant stars as a brilliant defense lawyer known for his ability to spring the obviously guilty.

David Tennant

David Tennant

David Tennant (Doctor Who) stars as a defense lawyer with a perfect record of courtroom wins and a perfect family to go with it—until things go horribly wrong. Written by thriller master David Wolstencroft, The Escape Artist airs in two adrenaline-fueled episodes. Co-starring in this legal cliff-hanger are Sophie Okonedo as Tennant’s professional nemesis, Ashley Jensen as the hero’s endearing wife, and Toby Kebbell as an accused murderer who is either a persecuted misfit or a dangerous psychopath.

“If you’re chained up in a safe at the bottom of a shark tank,” quips a high-placed barrister in Episode 1, “you call for Houdini.” He means his wizard of a colleague, Will Burton (Tennant), ranked as the top young criminal lawyer in the UK and destined for silk—the honor of Queen’s Counsel—as soon as he finds the time to apply for it.

Ranked as second-best barrister is Will’s perennial rival, Maggie Gardner (Okonedo), who finds herself out-argued once again, as she sees her latest prosecution case go down in flames to a stirring defense by Will. Lost amid their intellectual one-upmanship is an appreciation for the wrecked lives they are manipulating in their courtroom games.

But all that is about to change...

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